Oregon men’s and women’s basketball both picked to win Pac-12

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For the first time in conference history, the same school has been picked to end the season on top of the Pac-12 in men’s and women’s basketball.

On Thursday at Pac-12 media day in San Francisco, Oregon men’s basketball followed up Wednesday’s vote for the women to top the Pac-12 with a selection of its own to come first in the conference.

Last season, Oregon women’s basketball finished with a loss in the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight round to the eventual champions, Notre Dame, after winning the Pac-12 regular season title and the tournament title. This is the first time the team has been selected to win the conference.

For the men, the season ended with a run to the second round of the NIT.

Oregon women’s basketball was picked first in the coaches poll ahead of Stanford and Oregon State while the men were selected first in the preseason poll ahead of UCLA and Washington. The women’s selection comes as little surprise following last season’s success. The men were selected due in most part to the strong recruiting class made up of Bol Bol, Louis King, Will Richardson, Miles Norris and Francis Okoro.

Following an exhibition with Western Oregon, the men’s first game will be Nov. 6 against Portland State in Eugene, while the women kick off the season in star forward Ruthy Hebard’s hometown against Alaska Fairbanks on Nov. 6.

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